Quarantine Process

Updated on Wed, 11/04/2020 - 10:01am

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Quarantine Process

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Step 1: Report

In the event a student, staff or family member receives a positive test result or has a positive exposure to an individual with COVID-19, they must:

  • Continue to stay home from the school building and avoid activities around other people

  • Notify the school

Step 2: Trace

Once the school has been notified by a family or staff member of an exposure or positive test result for COVID-19, the district health and safety team completes contact tracing with our public health partners. *The district health and safety team is comprised of staff from the district safety team and district nurses.

What is contact tracing?

  • District staff and public health work with the individual diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 to determine where they have been and with whom they’ve been in contact. 

  • The individual’s close contacts are identified and notified. A “close contact” means the person spent 15 minutes or longer within 6 feet of a known case. Students and staff in a specific cohort or classroom spend a majority of the day together, and because of this, all members of the cohort or classroom are considered close contacts.

 

Step 3: Notify & Inform

Once the district health and safety team completes the contact tracing process in collaboration with our public health partners, the school community is notified in one of two ways:
Anyone Meeting Criteria for Close Contact or Exposure

Entire School Community

  • The family of any student known to have close contact is notified and instructed to keep their child home and quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Staff who were in close contact have also been instructed to stay home and quarantine.

This communication* will be sent in the following ways:

Auto Dialer  | Text Message (if opted in**) | Email
(see a sample exposure email
 

If an exposure is determined while a student or staff member is in the school building, the communication may additionally be made over the phone.

As part of our commitment to transparency and to provide the community with the most accurate information, all staff and families at the school will receive an email notification providing an update on the situation.

This communication* will be sent via Email 
(see a sample all community email)
 

*In the event of a quarantine, the district will contact families through information found in Infinite Campus (IC). Families are encouraged to log in to IC and ensure all information is correct and up-to-date. **To opt-in for text messages > 1) Make sure your cell phone number is listed in Infinite Campus in the cell phone field. 2) Then text YES to 67587.

Step 4: Quarantine

For those students or staff who meet the criteria for close contact or exposure, they are instructed to quarantine for 14 days. In their notification, families and staff are provided with their specific quarantine window, on what date they can return to normal activities and additional quarantine resources.

How do I quarantine?

  • Stay at home or stay put in your same location for 14 days after your last exposure so you don’t spread the disease to healthy people.

    • Restrict activities outside your home.

    • Do not go to work, school or public areas.

    • Avoid using public transportation, rideshares or taxis.

  • Stay home, or in your same location, except to get medical care. If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you are under quarantine (either by order or self-imposed) for COVID-19, so the office can take steps to protect other people.

 

Why quarantine?

  • Families: Based on contact tracing done with our public health partners, your child meets the criteria for close contact and exposure with the person diagnosed or presumed positive with COVID-19.

  • Staff: Based on contact tracing done with our public health partners, you meet the criteria for close contact and exposure with the person diagnosed or presumed positive with COVID-19.

  • Close contact and exposure is determined based on the amount of time a person is within a predetermined distance of the individual and whether face coverings were used. 

  • Students and staff in a specific cohort or classroom spend a majority of the day together, and because of this, all members of the cohort or classroom are considered close contacts.

 


Next steps for those quarantined

  • Students are expected to continue to participate in learning from home while they are in quarantine. Your school will provide more details on learning from home after a quarantine notification is sent to families. 

  • Staff should connect with their supervisor regarding the ability to work from home during the quarantine period.

  • If you have children in other cohorts or schools or a spouse who works in the district, they can continue to attend unless a family member becomes symptomatic.

 

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